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Dave the Wave July 29th, 2008 05:23 PM

Bennigans closing!
What do you think this woman is saying?

Dave the Wave July 29th, 2008 06:04 PM

4 votes, no comments.... :-?

Lombard July 29th, 2008 06:12 PM


Dave the Wave July 29th, 2008 06:15 PM

I will have to find a new place to go on St Patrick's Day :evil:

Lombard July 29th, 2008 06:25 PM

Not all stores are closing.

Franchised stores will remain open.

I really need something to eat myself now.

skymaster July 29th, 2008 07:53 PM

Not much more to say Dave. The poor dear will just have to run over to TGI Fridays.


Donna July 29th, 2008 09:04 PM

Some employees came to work to see a sign on the door....Not a nice way to learn you are out of work? That wasn't handled very good IMHO.

mehawk July 29th, 2008 10:07 PM

Bennigan's is closing??? :shock:

ready2gonow July 29th, 2008 10:24 PM

DH and I stopped in Bennigans for a drink, just yesterday! :(

katlady July 29th, 2008 10:58 PM

What's Bennigans?

LYNDAJL01 July 30th, 2008 04:34 AM

Dave those choices were GREAT, you are HILARIOUS!!!!!!! The gift card was my favorite :D

Dave the Wave July 30th, 2008 06:32 AM


Originally Posted by katlady
What's Bennigans?

BAY AREA (Bay News 9) -- The Bennigan's restaurant chain is shutting down most of its stores.

The Texas-based Metromedia Restaurants Group that operates Bennigan's is closing the chain.

Customers showing up for lunch at Bennigan's restaurants in Tampa and across the country Tuesday morning found all the corporate-owned locations had signs on display reading "closed for business."

Bennigan's Grill and Tavern closed all of its corporate-owned locations nationwide after filing for bankruptcy. That includes all but two in the Bay area.

Independent franchises remain open for business as usual.

More Information

Channelside Bennigan's still open
The chain has 10 locations in the Bay area, including four each in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and one in Lakeland and one in Sarasota.

A person who answered the phone at the Tampa Bennigan's on Dale Mabry Highway, and did not want to be identified, said Tuesday afternoon that the restaurant was closed.

The closings will put about 400 people out of work in the Bay area.

ToddDH July 30th, 2008 09:41 AM


The one in Johnson City, Tennessee (about thirty miles up the road from our small town) closed several years ago (and nothing has yet to occupy the building full time). Guess all the way back then, the handwriting was on the wall.


Dave the Wave July 30th, 2008 10:10 AM

Used to go there alot when younger in Orlando on International drive. Now I prefer the beach bars anyway so no loss to me.

balabusta July 30th, 2008 11:24 AM

My husband, Rob, and I are big Bennigans fans. We will truly miss this great restaurant that has offered good meals at great prices. So many restaurants want "a piece of the pie" that it is getter harder, all the time to compete in this troubled economy!

jackieb July 30th, 2008 11:29 AM

We didn't have any Bennigans in our area, but one of our local Hardees closed pretty much the same way, employees came in and after the lunch crowd the manager called a meeting and told the employees that they were closed as of right then.

Hub July 30th, 2008 02:17 PM

THe one i n Jackson miss closed a couple years ago . . .

thecruisequeen July 30th, 2008 02:19 PM

I guess there is always TGIF and Chili's :-? :D

fllady July 30th, 2008 02:27 PM

and if you are desperate Ruby Tuesdays! :wink:

thecruisequeen July 30th, 2008 02:31 PM

Yea I forgot about Ruby Tuesday although there are none in my area.

Or a step up to Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill :D :D :D

Dave the Wave July 30th, 2008 03:26 PM

I don't like any of those chain restaurants. I like places where you can go in your swimsuit and sit outdoors and don't have to wear shoes or a shirt. 8)

Like this.... my local hangout.

Trip July 30th, 2008 03:33 PM

Not sure if we ever had one around Boston, but I know the name..Red Lobster pulled out of the New England Area, I think there is one left in Conneticut. The Chilli's near us closed too:(

They advertise Sonic here, but we have none, Steimarts as well, go figure..One place I wish we did have that I loved in Florida was Bahama Breeze!!!

Dave the Wave July 30th, 2008 03:50 PM

We have one here too but not on the beach. This is the Swigwam where anything goes...

Ok, that is it!! I am leaving this office and going to the beach!! Right now!!

Mean Dean July 30th, 2008 07:03 PM


You'll be sad to hear that our local Hooters closed last week........

Dave the Wave July 30th, 2008 07:06 PM

:cry: :cry: :evil: :evil:

Luanne Russo July 30th, 2008 09:51 PM

The one in the next town over from us, closed during the lunch hour yesterday. Told people to hurry and eat. :shock:

mehawk July 30th, 2008 11:19 PM

Kat, Bennigan's was an Irish flavored Chili's or Friday's.

jackieb July 31st, 2008 09:24 AM

Does anyone ever remember the local economies being this bad?

katlady July 31st, 2008 10:00 AM


Originally Posted by mehawk
Kat, Bennigan's was an Irish flavored Chili's or Friday's.

I'm sorry they closed we didn't have any down here. I like Friday's I hope they don't close.

AR July 31st, 2008 10:33 AM

I know that Bennigan's is (was) supposed to be Irish themed, but in my few visits over the years I never saw much difference between them and TGI Fridays, Ruby Tuesday, Applebees, or other chains of that ilk. Mind you, my visits to any and all of them have been only occasional. Plus we never go to any of the fast food places, except for coffee on the road or to use the bathrooms. Absolutely hate fast food.

I know that many of you despise the New York Times for its liberal editorial position, but its article on this subject is excellent, with lots of good perspectives.

Bottom line, it points out that the "casual dining sector"--the restaurants one step above fast food like Bennigans--are really on the skids overall and that more are likely to close. Steak and Ale is also dowm the drain--same owners as Bennigan's. More to follow.

Other retail sectors are also getting killed. Mervyn's deparment stores on the west coast filed for chapter 11, as did Steve & Barry's. "Mall brands," such as Sharper Image and Linens'n'Things and Ann Taylor are also getting pummeled.

Added problem: banks are now much less willing to lend to restaurants and franchises as a whole.

Very tough times, and while the business cycle is the business cycle, we can certainly place a lot of this at the feet of irresponsible deregulation.

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